Every girl and woman has the right to live a life free of violence and pain. And yet, more than 200 million women and girls across the world have been forced to undergo the painful and traumatic practice of Female Genital Mutilation, including 500,000 living in Europe. Millions more girls are at risk of being cut: 68 million girls in 25 countries by 2030.
As Ambassadors to the United States representing Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the European Union, we welcome the recent action by the US Department of Treasury in submitting to Congress its report on the proposed delisting of RUSAL and EN+.
The European Union Delegation to the United States welcomes yesterday's U.S. Department of Treasury notification to Congress of its intention to terminate the sanctions imposed on RUSAL and EN+. As Secretary Mnuchin has indicated, these companies were sanctioned because of their ownership and control by Oleg Deripaska, not for the conduct of the companies themselves. Based on yesterday's announcement, Mr. Deripaska's ownership of the companies will be significantly diminished and he will no longer maintain control over them.
Migration is a global challenge that requires a global response. On the occasion of the International Migrants Day, with over 258 million migrants worldwide, the European Union confirms its commitment to contribute to managing migration in a humane way. Through its partnership approach the EU works with countries of origin, transit and destination as well as international organisations to save lives, assist migrants and refugees, ensure the respect of their human rights as well as fight smugglers and traffickers.